Friday, May 2, 2014

A woman giving birth in America now is more likely to die than a woman giving birth in China/WaPo

What is the tag line?  Don't be poor in America.  Healthcare is simply too expensive for a sizable number of Americans to afford, so they go without.  And this is the result.  True, there are more high-risk pregnancies in the US than there used to be, but that is equally true for other developed countries.

The maternal mortality rate is 3 times higher in the US as in the UK. This cannot be acceptable. 

From the WaPo:

Maternal deaths related to childbirth in the United States are nearly at the highest rate in a quarter century, and a woman giving birth in America is now more likely to die than a woman giving birth in China, according to a new study.
The United States is one of just eight countries to see a rise in maternal mortality over the past decade, said researchers for the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington in a study published in The Lancet, a weekly medical journal. The others are Afghanistan, Greece, and several countries in Africa and Central America.
The researchers estimated that 18.5 mothers died for every 100,000 births in the U.S. in 2013, a total of almost 800 deaths. That is more than double the maternal mortality rate in Saudi Arabia and Canada, and more than triple the rate in the United Kingdom...  The United States now ranks 60 for maternal deaths on a list of 180 countries...

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